(Love) does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, (1 Corinthians 13:5)
If you love with God’s love, you will love with selflessness.
Jesus models selflessness for us. Jesus was selfless to come to earth. He set the standard. He notices our selflessness and honors it. We look around and wonder why hunger exists or why our neighbors are struggling. We can get paralyzed by the needs around us, wondering why they exist and what impact we can possibly have, but figuring it out is God’s job, not ours. He understands. We simply need to respond and let God use our selflessness.
Jesus’ display of selflessness shows His love for us. We cannot be selfless on our own. We must yield to Jesus, becoming like Him and living His love out loud in order to be selfless as He intends. Jesus is God’s love lived out loud on earth. Our selfless obedience lives God’s love out loud in our communities. We live out God’s love by how we respond to Jesus’ selflessness.
Let’s savor Jesus’ selflessness today.
While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. (Matthew 26:26-30)
When our selflessness is like Jesus’ and is rooted in God’s love, we have purpose. We are fulfilled. Jesus fulfills us. His selflessness gives us purpose.
Dear God, instill in me a passion for the injustice You see in the world. I admire You for Your unselfish love, how You love whomever needs Your love, including me. I want to be as generous and as selfless. Open my eyes and heart and spur me to love others in Your name.